Imagine you had the power to see your past lives. Think of all the wisdom you could gather from the experience. Would you use that knowledge for good or evil? In C.J. Omololu’s novel Transcendence, the main character, Cole Ryan, has just that power. She’s an Akhet, one of an elite group of people who can see their past lives. Many Akhets are good, but one angry rogue is threatening Cole, seeking retribution for a past-life transgression.
To wrap up this week’s flash-fiction contest, we’ve got one more historical setting for you. Most of Transcendence takes place in modern-day San Francisco. But Cole has vivid flashbacks to the San Francisco of another era: circa 1890, to be somewhat exact. For today’s challenge, write a story in 100 words or less set during 1890s San Francisco, when the bustling port town was known for its thriving arts scene and gorgeous mansions. The city was wealthy, thanks in part to the California Gold Rush. Entrepreneurs, including Levi Strauss and Domingo Ghirardelli opened businesses to cater to San Francisco’s rapidly growing population (it was the eighth largest city at the time).
You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, June 22, 2012 to enter. The Figment team will choose the 10 best entries from the entire week and send them to C.J., who will choose one grand-prize winner to receive a copy of Transcendence and an Ankh necklace. For every daily prompt, the Figment team will also choose one winning entry. Each of those five writers will receive a copy of Transcendence.
How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 100 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with TranscendenceContest and Omololu5 on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.